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J. Paul Taylor: Educator, Civic Leader and Politician

On August 24, 2020, J. Paul Taylor celebrated his 100th birthday. Due to the current health crisis, an in-person celebration was not held as in the past. Instead, a virtual centennial celebration was held to honor Mr. Taylor, where family and friends sent digital birthday greetings and recollections. For those not familiar with J. Paul…
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The Banning of Henry Miller’s The Tropic of Cancer

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read.¬† Supported by the American Library Association‚Äôs Office for Intellectual Freedom, the event brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types and ages who wish to maintain the public‚Äôs right to seek out and express ideas, even those deemed…
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Durango Microfilm Collections

As we conduct our virtual reference services in Archives and Special Collections¬†(ASC), under the restrictions the COVID-19 virus has placed upon us, we‚Äôve been receiving¬†a large number of requests for scans from our Durango Microfilming Project resources. With Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 ‚Äď Oct. 15) geting underway, it seems like a good time to…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part II

Part Two In my last post, Herman¬†Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I,¬†I ended with Herman¬†moving his family to Organ, New Mexico. Much of my information came through an email interview with¬†Weisner‘s¬†son,¬†Craig¬†Weisner,¬†of Williamsburg, New Mexico.¬†Craig elaborated in¬†detail¬†in his responses to my¬†questions, he¬†also threw in a few bits of information that¬†stirred a desire to¬†discover…
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Loretto Academy: Once-Thriving Catholic School in the Heart of Las Cruces

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has many interesting historical collections, but the Loretto Academy holding is a gem that catches people‚Äôs attention whenever we have a public display of our archival holdings. A woman attending the 2019 Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG) Border Archives Bazaar, held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I

Part One¬† Within the¬†Archives and Special Collections¬†(ASC)¬†is the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC). ¬†Researchers know that¬†these¬†primary¬†sources to Southern New Mexico history¬†are¬†boxed¬†on the metal shelves¬†on¬†the third floor. ¬†The late and great Herman Weisner¬†was not only a researcher¬†of¬†these¬†collections,¬†but he was also¬†a donor¬†to them.¬†His collection¬†(Ms0249, Herman B. Weisner papers)¬†is one of the¬†most¬†often used and cited collections we offer…
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Newly Acquired Diary from Local Hero – Joseph Quesenberry

In honor of the¬†Fourth¬†of July,¬†the Archives and Special Collections¬†(ASC)¬†is proud to announce the¬†replica¬†acquisition¬†of the¬†Joseph ‚ÄúJoe‚Ä̬†Quesenberry¬†diary.¬†The¬†diary¬†was acquired from a¬†Quesenberry¬†descendant in the fall of 2019 and is¬†a great resource for those wanting¬†to learn about how¬†a native New Mexican carried out his¬†military life¬†while deployed¬†overseas during WWI. The diary belonged to Joe¬†Quesenberry, a former student at New Mexico College…
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Notable New Mexico Women

By¬†Teddie¬†Moreno and Jennifer¬†Olguin¬† The New Mexico history that is most familiar to people is¬†one of the shoot-outs, outlaws, and battles for land. What might have been missing from history books can be found within the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Archives and Special Collections. ¬†Without many of the strong and¬†resilient¬†women, New Mexico would not be…
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Extraordinary Women: Advocacy, Activism, and Sisterhood

This year¬†marks¬†the¬†100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment¬†to¬†the U.S. Constitution,¬†giving women the right to vote. Various events were in the making to honor such a monumental time in American history,¬†but due to the current pandemic, many events have been put on hold or canceled due to limits on social gatherings. At the local…
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History of Blackdom

Have you heard of Blackdom, New Mexico? Chances are slim, I myself never heard of the all-black settlement that was founded in 1901 in territorial New Mexico. Blackdom was literally located in the backyard of Dexter, a small farming community in Chaves County where I was raised. It was about two years ago or so…
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